ArcticHub - Blog Tue, 23 May 2017 08:43:39 -0400 HUBzero - The open source platform for scientific and educational collaboration en-gb Copyright 2017 ArcticHub Blog entries New version of the OSISAF Sea Ice Concentration Climate Data Record The EUMETSAT Ocean and Sea Ice Satellite Application Facility (OSI SAF) team is pleased to announce the release of OSI-450, a new full reprocessing of its Sea Ice Concentration (SIC) Climate Data Record (CDR). The release provides a SIC CDR over the polar regions, derived from passive...]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 19:43:53 -0400 What Indigenous Cultures Can Teach Us About Managing Arctic Change

As global temperatures continue to rise on land and at sea, wild animals and plants are on the move worldwide, looking for conditions they can tolerate. These climate change-driven migrations have been starkly visible in the Arctic for years. As ocean ice cover contracts, reports...]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 19:31:35 -0400 Long-term research project planned for Arctic coastline The Arctic coastline is a fascinating landscape, both visually and scientifically.

A new long-term research project is about to get underway to look at the intersection of land and water along the Beaufort Sea shore.

"The coastlines of the Arctic have been largely left out of the...]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 19:13:18 -0400 Report: Melting of Arctic sea ice taking heavy toll on marine species

The latest research shows that diminishing Arctic sea ice caused by climate change is forcing some species to travel further to find food or look for alternative food sources.

“Polar bears are even showing up on murre colonies. Now, these are cliff-nesting birds,” Kathy...]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 19:04:33 -0400 Call for Papers for the Polar Record Special Issue: Education, Outreach, and Engagement Editors announce a call for papers for a special issue of Polar Record. This special issue of Polar Record will be dedicated to education, outreach, and engagement related to polar research and will help to draw scholarly attention to this aspect of polar research.

Submission deadline:...]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 20:02:58 -0400 Call for Nominations for Three Awards: International Glaciological Society The International Glaciological Society (IGS) Awards Committee announces a call for nominations for three awards: Seligman Crystal, the Richardson Medal, and IGS Honorary Membership nominations.

The Seligman Crystal is awarded for outstanding scientific contribution to the discipline of...]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 19:57:14 -0400 Call for papers: Education in the North special issue This special issue of the journal "Education in the North" will be created in conjunction with the UArctic Thematic Network on Teacher Education for Social Justice and Diversity in Education. Deadline for expressions of interest and abstracts: 23 June 2017

The Arctic...]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 19:52:48 -0400 Ancient ice: drill cores tell of Arctic climate thousands of years ago

In the 1980’s scientists drilled down more than a kilometre into an Arctic ice cap. The resulting core samples date back to the Holocene period ranging up to 12,000 years ago.

What scientists have now discovered using new technology to analyse the cores is that the Arctic...]]> Thu, 18 May 2017 18:00:26 -0400 NASA annual Arctic ice survey expanded range this year

NASA's annual survey of changes in Arctic ice cover greatly expanded its reach this year in a series of flights that wrapped up on May 12. It was the most ambitious spring campaign in the region for NASA's Operation IceBridge, an airborne mission to monitor ice changes at...]]> Thu, 18 May 2017 17:52:48 -0400 New report on Arctic biodiversity suggests environment ‘on verge of major shift’

Recent observations of Arctic flora and fauna indicate major changes to ecosystems in the area.

Arctic marine species and ecosystems are undergoing pressure from a build up of changes in their physical, chemical and biological environment. These pressures, such as ice loss,...]]> Wed, 17 May 2017 19:07:09 -0400 Arctic Council Reaches Fairbanks Declaration, Agreement on Enhanced Scientific Cooperation The 10th Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting concluded with Ministers from the eight Arctic States adopting the ‘Fairbanks Declaration 2017′ and signing the ‘Agreement on Enhancing International Arctic Scientific Cooperation.’ At the conclusion of the meeting, the US transferred the Arctic...]]> Wed, 17 May 2017 19:05:01 -0400 Negribreen glacier on the move

Rapid acceleration of an Arctic glacier over the past year has been detected by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellites.

Sitting on Norway's Spitsbergen island in the Svalbard archipelago, the Negribreen glacier has recently seen a surge in ice surface speed, increasing...]]> Wed, 17 May 2017 19:03:00 -0400 Amid ‘dramatic’ climate changes, UN launches plan to step-up polar weather and sea-ice monitoring

With relatively little data available about the Earth’s Polar Regions – posing risks for people and the environment – the United Nations weather agency has kicked off of a two-year international effort to close gaps in polar forecasting capacity and to improve future...]]> Tue, 16 May 2017 15:48:41 -0400 Community Input Requested: U.S. Ice Drilling Program Office 2017 Long Range Science Plan The Ice Drilling Program Office (IDPO) announces a call for input on their draft 2017 Long Range Science Plan. This plan identifies the science in the coming decade that will require the use of ice drilling technology and expertise for the community and drives the formation of other plans,...]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 19:55:43 -0400 Update to MEaSUREs Greenland Ice Velocity Maps from InSAR The MEaSUREs Greenland Ice Velocity: Selected Glacier Site Velocity Maps from InSAR, Version 2  data set is now available at the NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center (NSIDC DAAC). This data set, part of the Making Earth System Data Records for Use in...]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 19:26:52 -0400 Canadian scientific footage confirms use of Narwhal Tusk For the first time, there is video evidence of Narwhals using their tusks to hit and stun fish prior to eating them.

In collaboration with the community of Pond Inlet and benefiting from Inuit Traditional Knowledge, this first-of-its kind footage was captured by Canadian scientists from...]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 19:21:36 -0400 US signs agreement on enhancing international Arctic scientific cooperation

On May 11, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signed an agreement to promote Arctic scientific cooperation by breaking down barriers to scientific research and exploration.

The signing took place at the 10th Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Fairbanks,...]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 19:20:02 -0400 Arctic Council Fairbanks Declaration recognizes science and education cooperation The Fairbanks Declaration 2017, signed by the eight Arctic states' representatives, recognizes the key role of UArctic in circumpolar education and science. Finland now takes over the Arctic Council chairmanship for 2017-2019.

Coming at the end of the Week of the Arctic in Alaska,...]]> Fri, 12 May 2017 17:31:53 -0400 A Warming Arctic Threatens Rural Community Resilience The Issue
Loss of sea ice, thawing permafrost, reduced snow cover, and rising sea level are reducing hunting and fishing opportunities and degrading infrastructure for rural Arctic communities. Most Alaska Native communities are affected by erosion and flooding, with 31...]]>
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Alaska tundra source of early-winter carbon emissions Warmer temperatures and thawing soils may be driving an increase in emissions of carbon dioxide from Alaskan tundra to the atmosphere, particularly during the early winter, according to a new study from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), NASA and...]]> Tue, 09 May 2017 17:54:51 -0400